The Birth of Hip Hop Music

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On August 11, 1973, Clive Campbell aka Kool DJ Herc told me that his sister, Cindy aka Queen Pep, asked him to deejay a party for their apartment building on Sedgwick Ave in the Bronx. This jam came to be known as the galvanizing event that led to the Hip-Hop Music genre. One year later, in November of 1974, the Universal Zulu Nation would take it one step further and begin to organize Hip Hop Kulture. Today, we commemorate the galvanization of the culture and music by paying respects to the pioneers and art form.

Kool DJ Herc and me (Kurt Nice)


Kool DJ Herc and Queen Pep (2011)

Kurt Nice

Kurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop as KRS-ONE’s National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at

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